Sitting down for breakfast at an IHOP is a Saturday luxury. We always stop for breakfast whilst saling but it is always at a Bagel Shop to get egg sandwiches. We insist on a place that has tables so we can sit and enjoy our food but the time commitment at a Bagel Shop is usually no more than 20 minutes. IHOP requires a one hour commitment and that is time we just don't have on our saling days. It was nice.
One thing we did not have to worry about on Saturday was decorating. We finished the week before and have been enjoying the fruits of our labor. Our outdoor decorations are modest since our house is a rental and we do not want to overdo it too much but the inside looks like Christmas exploded and we LOVE that!!!! We will take pictures of some of our indoor decorations for the next post.
We start our Christmas Eve at Monica's sister's house having a nice family dinner and giving our nieces and nephew their pre-Santa presents. Then, we all pack into the van and visit Monica's mom and dad and await Santa's evening visit, a tradition at Monica's parents' house since she was a little girl.
The kids with Santa
Monica's mom and dad with Santa
Itsy wanted no part of Santa but he did enjoy the radiator
Santa makes his exit, lights and sirens blaring, whilst his sleigh received a tune-up for his long night's journey.
Dad and us and...Peter snuck into the picture too!
The kids putting on their best "I've been good this year" faces.
We were smiling too!
Monica being goofy with the kids!
It was a great night!
Our Christmas card this year. Merry Christmas to all from our house to yours!